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25 Unique NYC Event Venues for Big Gatherings in the Big Apple

New York City — it’s home to a whole lot of history, the nation’s best pizza (sorry Chicago!), the Empire State Building, and no shortage of events. Thinking about adding your event to that list? We’ve rounded up 25 unique NYC event venues that are sure to wow your attendees with everything from impeccable rooftops to stunning aesthetics and beyond.

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1. The Liberty Warehouse

If you can peek through Brooklyn’s slew of artisanal beard conditioners and rustic bowling alleys,  you’ll see the Liberty Warehouse, a go-to spot for your next NYC event. Speaking on the space itself, Jeffrey Torem (Director of Catering) notes, “The Liberty Warehouse is NYC’s most unique event space, located directly on New York Harbor with the Statue of Liberty prominently displayed with her facing forward. We feature the finest of foods, beverages, and service in the business today, catering to the individual rather than the masses… there is not another facility to match the combination and individualization we offer.”

Fun fact: Beyonce & Jay-Z have been spotted dining here!

2. Tavern on the Green

No shocker here, this iconic NYC venue should be a sure-thing to make any and all event lists such as this. The sit-down nucleus of Central Park offers unrivaled flexibility and scenery amidst its neighboring urban jungle. Beautiful both inside and out, it’s probable that a number of your favorite, cheesy love songs were written right on the remarkable outdoor patio of the Tavern on the Green.

3. The Beekman

On the other side of the big apple, The Beekman awaits to wow your attendees. If its sleek and sophisticated interior doesn’t grab your attention, the culinary prowess that this space offers surely will. The Beekman offers a variety of charming event spaces, the largest of which is the entire lower level, available to rent and ready to accommodate up to 225 guests.

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4. Chelsea Piers

Throw away the driving moccasins and slip into that fresh pair of boat shoes. Chelsea Piers is here to shake-up your next event in the best way possible. Whether your guests are interested in a modern cocktail hour or a quick game to 21 on the beach volleyball court, the facilities at Chelsea Piers are an event-planners dream.

5. Convene

With locations in Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown, and beyond, Convene is the multi-stop shop for an inviting alternative to the average event. Over 65% of Fortune 100 companies partner with Convene for all types of meetings and events, both large and small. Why? As VP of Marketing, Ray Cheng, puts it: “We currently offer 6 purpose built corporate event venues in New York City, with 2 more opening up in in the next few months, while rapidly expanding in Philadelphia, DC, and other cities across the US. In our larger venues, we’re able to host over 500 people in one room very comfortably and for a very competitive, all-included price, which is super refreshing for most corporate meeting planners.”

6. Pier A Harbor House

pier a harbor house event venue in nyc

Bringing together the best of two distinct New York City neighborhoods, the Pier A Harbor House offers some of the most memorable waterfront views in Manhattan. With 28,000 sq. ft. of unique meeting space and a vast look out onto the Hudson River, this certified NYC landmark can easily play home to a variety of events.

7. The Chatway New York

A more upscale vibe for your next event can be found at The Chatway New York, where the decor and ambiance will transport you back to an Art-Deco-filled 1930s. Available for up to 120 guests, this location’s rich, warm spaces make it easy to hunker down and get things done without getting stir crazy. Pictured above is the Stanford White Studio, ready to accommodate 40 guests in a theater setup.

8. New York Paley Center for Media

event at paley center for media in nyc

Give yourself some options! At the New York Paley Center for Media, you can arrange your next event in a number of modern ways. Here, you’ll have full access to a number of screening rooms to mix things up. Plus, between a slew of galleries and theaters, you will have plenty of options to spice up your latest presentation and give your attendees lots of options for breakout rooms.

9. SPiN

Time to get active. Keep the energy of your next event flowing by engaging with attendees at NYC’s dojo for all things table tennis, SPiN. Between your choice of a quiet sit-down or rambunctious rally to 21, SPiN provides an experience unlike any other on our list! It makes a great choice for corporate affairs, because, let’s face it, we all have that someone at work we’d like to engage in a little “friendly competition” with.

10. The NoMad

An event setup at the NYC venue the Nomad

Feast your eyes on New York City’s premiere private dining space. Although you’ll be amidst Manhattan’s bustling crowds outside, The NoMad is more than capable of removing you and your attendees from the noise and into luxury. Their 4,000 sq. ft. of meeting space will allow you to get creative and build your event’s brand, capped by specially-catered menus from super-chef Daniel Humm.

11. 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar

230 fifth rooftop bar event venue in nyc

Fan of rooftop gardens and lounge music on summer nights? 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar creates the atmosphere for a laid-back ambience. Your guests will admire the scenic view over the city and iconic buildings like Empire State Building — plus, the venue is well-equipped to provide state-of-the-art AV equipment, podiums, staging, and dance floors. Their dedicated staff can serve up to 1,200 guests in the 33,000 total square feet of space.

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12. Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

angel orensanz foundation for the arts event venue in nyc

Formerly the Ansche Chesed Synagogue, this venue’s rich artistic and cultural background makes it the ideal fit for any events related to education or the arts — but don’t sell it short amongst NYC corporate event venues. The timeless architecture of the Angel Orensanz Foundation embodies the lasting impression of all of the amazing events held here over the years, making it perfect whether you’re going to organize a fashion show or a big fundraising dinner. Its visual effects and unparalleled art will create memories that last long after the event is over.

13. Brooklyn Botanic Garden

event space at the brooklyn botanic gardens

Originally built in 1917 and able to accommodate seated dinners of up to 250, the contemporary glass-domed conservatory of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, known as the Palm House, has hosted numerous exclusive ceremonies. The glass and steel smoothly form a natural organic shape to create a feeling of paradise. And that’s just the beginning at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens: A lavish 52 acres with rare tropical plants and floral gardens will embrace your guests, along with two impeccable atriums.

14. Mandarin Oriental

event setup at the mandarin oriental in new york city

Looking for award-winning service and the perfect venue to indulge your guests? Look no further: The Time Warner Center has something unparalleled to offer. Conveniently located on the edge of Central Park, Mandarin Oriental offers breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River, plus function rooms and event facilities to delight the most prestigious of guests. From business events to balls, stylish notes will add exquisite flavor to your big day.

15. Canoe Studios

natural light flooding the event space at canoe studios in nyc

Versatility and breathtaking views make Canoe Studios a premiere choice amongst unique NYC event venues. Elevated 14 stories above the Hudson River, the venue offers multiple event spaces ready to be tailored to dinner parties, weddings, cocktail hours, galas, meetings and more. Collapsible walls allow the multitude of spaces to be connected, allowing you to use as much or as little of the 23,000 total square feet as your group needs.

16. Pier 15

A Hornblower cruise vessel serving as nyc event space at pier 15

It’s getting more and more trendy to host events on the waterfront, and Pier 15 might just be the NYC jewel of them all. Hornblower allows you to bring up to 3,000 people for day or night cruises, champagne-popping parties, or elevated corporate affairs that offer exquisite views over the Brooklyn Bridge. Plus, you’ll enjoy a seasoned team of event pros at your beck and call.

17. Villa Barone Manor

villa barone manor event space in nyc

Over 30 years, the Villa Barone Manor located in the Bronx has delighted its guests with gorgeous aesthetics and unparalleled catering services. The elegance and dedicated staff make the venue a dream choice for those scouring for unique NYC event venues. The Villa hosts up to 1,200 guests for large charity events, board meetings, and family celebrations.

18. Gotham Hall

A corporate event setup at the unique NYC event venue Gotham Hall

Flecked with style and sophistication, Gotham Hall hosts the most elegant of events, whether they be corporate gatherings, gala dinners, or impeccable receptions. The professional team takes care of every element of decor prior to your big day, and the grand ballroom with its 3,000 square foot stained-glass ceiling will discern any taste. Plus, since Gotham Hall only hosts one event at a time, you can rest assured you’ll get the staff’s full attention — from security to a picture-perfect setup.

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19. Hasbrouck House

Outdoor event space in NYC outside of the colonial-inspired architecture of the Hasbrouck House

Need to escape the city for clear heads and a corporate retreat? Hasbrouck House is an 18th century Dutch Colonial stone mansion located in the Mid-Hudson Valley and creates an ideal venue for a perfect getaway. It offers luxury suites, a 55-foot seasonal swimming pool, wellness center, game room and farm-to-table restaurant. History blends with loft design to offer quaint aesthetics and a relaxing ambiance for weddings too, which are held at the 4,000 sq. ft. Bluestone Patio — available to accommodate up to 150 guests.

20. Studio 450

event setup at studio 450 in nyc

Studio 450 is a one-of-a-kind loft space situated on a stunning Manhattan rooftop. This unique venue with a terrace offers fantastic views of the city, setting you up for an equally fantastic celebration. Located between 9th and 10th avenue, the space is ideal for media events, product launches, cocktail parties, or even fashion shows. 5,000 square feet and seating for up to 230 people make it the ideal canvas for mid-sized events and long-lasting memories.

21. Gustavino’s

gustavinos unique nyc event venue

Gustavino’s offers 15,000 square feet of unforgettable event space characterized by impeccable design and architecture. Arches and a vaulted tile ceiling set the tone for sophisticated gala dinners, weddings, cocktail receptions, and corporate affairs that leave mouths as wide open as the flowing space. Boasting a gorgeous garden and custom-crafted menus from their renowned Executive Chef, the venue is known for transforming itself for almost any event.

22. 620 Loft & Garden

620 loft & garden rooftop event venue in nyc

The impeccable view of Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral set the tone for an inspiring event space at 620 Loft & Garden. Able to accommodate parties of up to 120 people, the available tented space makes sure that the venue us available year-round. Complete with a sparkling reflective pool, there’s not a whole lot more you could ask for from one of New York City’s most unique rooftop venues.

23. 501 Union

natural light flooding the indoor event space at 501 union in New York City

At the cross-section of five storied Brooklyn neighborhoods lies the ideal choice for parties, conferences, pop-up markets, and more: 501 Union. Once a classic car restoration shop, this 1916 building became the backdrop for incredible events in 2003. Choose from the open-air courtyard, a swanky cocktail lounge, or the reception hall that floods with natural light — all are paired with the impeccable service that has made 501 Union a premier event destination.

24. 3 West Club

Imagine hosting an event just steps away from Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and The Museum of Modern Art. Well, that’s a possibility at 3 West Club, a nine-story building with over 7,000 square feet of meeting space, including 27 main hotel rooms and two suites. Whether you need a well-appointed space for an elegant wedding, corporate seminar, or private party, 3 West Club can provide you with on- site catering, AV equipment and more. It’s no wonder why this venue was considered one of the best private clubs in New York City by New York.

25. New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

A large meeting space at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

With a whopping 47,000+ square feet of event space, the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge is ready to accommodate any New York business affair. The largest of the 26 total event rooms can hold up to 2,010 attendees with an option of up to 25 breakout rooms. Plus, attendees will be able to explore the best of Brooklyn while being just across the river from the sights and sounds of Manhattan.

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